I'm sure that some of you authors-in-training are out there asking yourself this question and it is a legitimate one; especially if you have been chiseling away at your craft, learning the business, reading in your genre, watching Twitter posts and participating in a myriad of workshops, pitch wars and all that is the writing… Continue reading Why Keep Going?
Now that I've finished my first MG book and sent out my first query, I await the forthcoming rejection. However, I am not afraid and look forward to placing it as the first in my inevitable stack that will prove that I've arrived. Honestly, that's a lie. No one wants to be rejected, but we… Continue reading Querytopia: Are you there yet?
I'm not referring to your demeanor, I'm referring to your word choices. I was reading a blog about improving your scenes the other day and one thing it said was 'did you notice the author didn't use any passive verbs?' Then I thought: "Hmm. Did I use any in my book?" So I hit my… Continue reading Are You A Passive Writer?
One thing I have learned, and continue to learn, about putting together a manuscript is that it is not like writing a letter about something that happened to you or someone else. It is structured -- whether you intend to do so or not. It has a beginning, middle and end of course, but there… Continue reading Manuscripts: Focus, focus, focus
Well I'm back after being VE-R-R-R-Y busy the last 30 days. As you know, I completed Susanna Leonard Hill's PB class and now I am in Dashka Slater's PB class! (yes I am a glutton for PB punishment!). But get this, I am also writing an MG novel! Yep, it's a series called Halle Harris… Continue reading Middle Grade on a Mission!
The class is over and I am still not done! BUT, my new picture book is coming along nicely! My character is engaged and she has something she wants! But I'm not done yet. Gotta get writing. Cya!
We are now at Lesson 12! I know...this is moving at lightning speed for me too. LOL. But so far we have basically covered the main elements and are now focusing on the story approach...the theme, purpose, etc. for the character. This has made me decide to re-write my book and give my character more… Continue reading In the home stretch…
Finally! The first day of the 30-days-to-my-first-PB-book session has begun! I apologize to those who read my other blog, writeafterwork because I have neglected it so terribly lately. But enough about that. We had our first assignment today and that is to create our character's personality. This exercise was not new to me since I… Continue reading It’s ON!
OK as many of you who follow me on WriteAfterWork know, I have been working on moving into the genre of children's literature. I am following in the footsteps of my cousin, the late Virginia Hamilton, whose books were an inspiration to millions of kids. I am not professing to be as good as Virginia,… Continue reading PB Project Takes Off!